Critica Commentary is a place for discussion of all things related to denial of scientific evidence and health and science literacy. Here you will find longer pieces about particular topics, such as medical misdiagnosis and conflicts of interest, as well as interviews with key people working at the intersection of health policy, science journalism, science education, and psychology, among other fields. You may also find guest posts by authorities in the field as well as by people with fascinating stories to share and analyses of recent news articles, studies, and current events. If you are interested in writing something for Critica, please contact us here.
Topics: Awareness, Concepts & Methods, Health, Journalism, Psychology, Public Health, Science DenialJuly 5, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
Reporting science accurately in a way that people understand it and, sometimes alter their beliefs or loyalty to authority, has been a challenge that probably predates Gallileo’s strained but ultimately successful challenge to geocentrism.
June 6, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
Whatever month it is now, you’re sure to be surrounded by a number of “awareness” campaigns. How do you get people to take action on a cause? The common response is usually to start by raising awareness. How can people act on something without knowing it’s a problem? The assumption is that once people know […]
May 21, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
Editors’ Note: Critica follower Peter McKenzie-Brown kindly shared this review with us. We were fascinated by the story it tells, of an era in which the public seemed gripped by a scientific controversy and fully prepared to accept the data, whichever side they proved correct. Moreover, the scientists involved themselves seemed perfectly amenable to accepting […]
May 9, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
The first time I ever heard someone say “you are normal” was as a kid when my mother peered at the thermometer she had just used to take my temperature. Apparently, the tip of the mercury had settled at the 98.6 mark on the glass device, signifying normality. The verdict meant no doctor would be making […]
April 22, 2018 | CommentsContinue Reading ➝
Most people learn about developments in science through popular media, both traditional news outlets like newspapers, radio, and television, and the variety of social media. It is therefore critically important that what gets reported about science is timely and accurate. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. There has been a marked reduction in recent […]